The other day, Tbilisi
Mayor Kakha Kaladze harshly criticized the two companies involved in the
infrastructure projects in the outskirts of the city for the slow pace of works.
A delay in implementation
projects has long become one of the hot
topics in Georgia due to various reasons –some blame the dishonesty of companies that take money
but cannot timely fulfill tender conditions, and the lack of professionalism.
Experts say that the projects
are often delayed because they are drawn
up in a wrong way by private companies
that lack professionalism to draw up full-fledged and feasible projects.
Private companies name untimely transfer of money by state bodies as
the most common reasons for the delay in the projects.
According to Paata Trapaidze,
the CEO at Caucasus Road Project, in the 21st century technologies are
developing very fast and private companies implement projects at the level that
is available to them.
“The infrastructure projects are often delayed and
all sides blame each other - companies
blame the state, the state blames the companies. The best way to solve the problem
is to jointly design the projects. If necessary, city authorities should be
able to make adjustments to the project if it is not well developed, ” the
In Paata Trapaidze’s words, most
infrastructure projects in Georgia are carried out with the use of the Soviet methodology.
In addition, Paata
Trapaidze believes that those who complete the project in timely should be
encouraged by the state.
Trapaidze adds that the situation is complicated by the national currency’s collapse because most materials for infrastructure projects are imported and bought for dollars or euros. The lari’s
devaluation makes these purchases more
expensive, companies’ costs increase and they don’t have enough tender amounts
to complete the work.
According to the head of
the Lagodekhavtogza company Givi Tsikarishvili, construction is a very complex
process, builders often carry out a project improperly, but often mistakes are
made at the design stage.